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   Wolf goalie Brian Roberts left Friday’s game after being accidentally kicked in the face, resulting in a broken nose. (Photo courtesy Roberts)

   William Nelson and Co. are 2-1 on the season after a narrow loss at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Derek Leyva can’t be contained.

The Coupeville High School sophomore is three games into his soccer career as a Wolf, and after torching Sequim for two goals Friday night, already has eight scores to his credit.

Unfortunately, his second-half heroics weren’t enough to save CHS on the road, as Leyva and Co. fell 4-2 and absorbed their first loss of the season.

The non-conference defeat drops Coupeville to 2-1 headed into a match-up next Thursday, Mar. 22 on the home turf of yet another 2A foe, North Mason.

After that comes a very-important stretch as the Wolves, 1-0 in 1A Olympic League play, face-off with league mates Klahowya, Port Townsend and Chimacum in successive games.

After Friday’s tilt with Sequim, a game in which they fell behind 3-0 at the break before rallying in the second half, the Wolves have played 20% of their regular-season schedule.

Leyva is already almost halfway to the Coupeville boys single-season scoring record (20 by Abraham Leyva) and is on pace to roar past both that and Mia Littlejohn’s school record of 27 in a single campaign.

The Wolves also took a fairly substantial hit during the Sequim loss, or at least goaltender Brian Roberts did.

While charging out to snare a ball, he got inadvertently kicked in the face by an incoming player, which left him bloodied.

Roberts spent the night in the ER, where it was found his nose was broken in two places.

Still, the plucky junior is ready to return to the pitch right this very second.

“No way that’s gonna slow me down!,” Roberts said. “I’m gonna try to play in our next game if I’m not hurting too bad.”

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   Pedro Gamarra played in his first Coupeville soccer game Tuesday and promptly threw down a hat trick in a 12-0 win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Sam Wynn tallied his first score, helping the Wolves improve to 2-0.

The goals splashed down like raindrops.

Taking advantage of their favorite whipping boy Tuesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad laid waste to host Chimacum, cruising to a 12-0 win.

And, yes, that’s not a misprint. It’s not supposed to say 1 or 2. It’s meant to say 12.

The lopsided win, coming in the Olympic League opener for both teams, lifts Coupeville to 1-0 in conference play, 2-0 overall.

The two schools have met eight times since the league formed in 2014, and this is the fifth time the Wolves have broken double digits against the Cowboys.

After scoring 11, 13, 10 and 11 goals across four games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Coupeville slacked off a bit last year, totaling seven, three and four.

While the Wolves won all three of those games, one finished in a 4-3 nail-biter, offering Chimacum hope it had turned a corner and would be more competitive.

That hope has been promptly snuffed out.

With several new free-wheeling, big-scoring booters joining the roster this season, the 2018 Coupeville soccer squad looks to be an explosive one.

Two of the newcomers, sophomore transfer Derek Leyva and foreign exchange phenom Pedro Gamarra, accounted for seven goals against the Cowboys.

Leyva punched in four scores, raising his total to six through the first two games.

Gamarra, who wasn’t able to play in Coupeville’s opener Saturday, tallied a hat trick in his debut, a mark matched by Aram Leyva, who also tossed in three goals.

That gives Aram, who scored six as a freshman, four tallies through the first two games of his sophomore campaign.

With the Leyva cousins, and now Gamarra, running wild to kick off the season, it’s sending tremors through rival goalies, and maybe Abraham Leyva.

Older brother of Aram, and cousin of Derek, Abraham, who graduated in 2016, holds the Wolf boys soccer scoring records with 20 goals in a season and 45 in a career.

For now…

The other two goals Tuesday came from players at radically different stages in their career.

Senior captain William Nelson notched his first score of the season, while freshman Sam Wynn connected on the first goal of his high school career.

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   Drake Borden and Co. kick off spring sports Saturday, with Coupeville’s baseball and boys soccer teams both playing at home. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a trap.

The forecast for Saturday calls for 54 degrees, partially cloudy, with just the barest hint of wind in Coupeville.

But, since that’s also the first day Coupeville High School spring sports teams will play official games, I’m telling you now … sideways rain, slapped into our faces by hurricane-style winds.

You know it to be true.

Anyways, while I try and overcome the deep psychological damage done to my soul by years of being tortured by “spring” weather on the prairie, it’s time for Wolf fans to head outdoors.

CHS baseball and boys soccer officially kick off a new season Saturday, both playing at home.

The Wolf booters debut their school’s new stadium with a non-conference match-up against 2A Olympic.

JV kicks off at 11 AM, varsity at 1 PM.

Right across the way, the Coupeville diamond men will get their first swings in against another non-conference rival, Lynden Christian.

Baseball plays at 1 PM (JV) and 3 PM (varsity).

And, since CHS doesn’t charge to attend any of its spring sports (at least until the playoffs), it makes for a reasonably-priced day for all involved.

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   Luke Pelant (left), hangs out with coach Paul Mendes during the 2013 CHS boys soccer awards banquet. (Photo by Robert Pelant)

One by one, the former Wolves return.

Luke Pelant is the latest Coupeville High School grad to return to his alma mater, only this time as a coach and not a player.

He is joining the boys soccer team as an assistant coach to Kyle Nelson, in a move which will be official when the School Board gives its approval.

Pelant had an illustrious soccer career at CHS, capped by a senior season in 2013, when he was a captain, was named the team’s MVP and was tabbed as an All-League player by Cascade Conference coaches.

He also received the US Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award that year.

After high school, Pelant attended Washington State University, where he studied marketing.

During his time as a Wolf, he played for legendary soccer coach Paul Mendes, an international pitch star who capped his career in Coupeville.

A leader during his time on the field for the Wolves, Pelant is looking forward to helping shape a new generation of players.

“I just love the game so much,” he said. “I want to be around it more and hopefully bring more players to love it as much as I do.”

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   Zack Nall scored his first goal of the season Friday in a 5-3 Wolf win. (John Fisken photo)

   William Nelson (left) and Brandon Jansen watch the play unfold. (Susan Hulst photo)

   Freshman Aram Leyva tallied two goals, giving him three on the season. (Fisken photo)

Claim the wind, claim the game.

Playing with the Whidbey wind at its back in the first half Friday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad built a 4-0 lead, then coasted home for a 5-3 win over visiting 2A North Mason.

The non-conference win evened Coupeville’s record at 2-2-1 on the season.

The Wolves put their 1-0 record in Olympic League play on the line the next two games, when they travel to Klahowya Tuesday, Mar. 28, before returning home to host Port Townsend Friday, Mar. 31.

Eight of their next 10 games are league affairs.

Coupeville spread out its scoring Friday, with four booters hitting pay-dirt.

Freshman phenom Aram Leyva torched the North Mason goaltender twice, while Ethan Spark, Uriel Liquidano and Zack Nall all had the magic touch as well.

Spark leads the Wolves with five goals this season, with Leyva hot on his heels with three.

Walter Sebastian-Montejo, Chris Ramsey and Brock Mullins tallied goals for the visitors.

“North Mason did make it interesting late in the game, but the boys held steady,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “A good tough, physical win for us.”

JV edged:

Freshman Mason Grove found the back of the net for Coupeville, but North Mason escaped with a narrow 2-1 win.

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